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Approximately one in five children evaluated in the emergency department is physically abused. Emergency physicians have a responsibility to consider abuse in the differential of every injured child. Although there is increasing awareness of the emergency physician’s role in diagnosing abuse, emergency physicians frequently fail to recognize the more subtle presentations of abuse. This article reviews the identification, evaluation, and management of a child with possible physical abuse.
Financial Disclosure: To reveal any potential bias in this publication, and in accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education guidelines, we disclose that Dr. Dietrich (editor), Dr. Skrainka (CME question reviewer), Dr. Chiacchio (author), Dr. Rawani-Patel (author), Dr. Zukowski (author), Dr. Winograd (peer reviewer), Ms. Wurster (nurse reviewer), Ms. Coplin (editorial group manager), and Ms. Mark (executive editor) report no relationships with companies related to the field of study covered by this CME activity.